Think that Watergate was the beginning of Washington break-ins? Think again! Check out this 1958 television clip from the Brown Media Archives Newsfilm Collection related to the Sherman Adams-Bernard Goldfine investigation: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/news/id:wsbn36600
Dick Clark was called before Congress in 1960 due to allegations of receiving "payola." Here is a statement he made following the first session on April 29, 1960: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/news/id:wsbn36458.
The balance between federal and state power is a recurring theme in the American political dialogue as seen in this 1962 clip of HEW Secretary Anthony J. Celebrezze speaking at the National Press Club: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/news/id:wsbn34627